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Date: 11/23/22 20:28
Lone BNSF "Dash9" motor leads the 17-hour-late Amtrak Train #8...
Author: jmulhol2

A lone BNSF GE C44-9W "Dash9" motor leads the 17-hour-late eastbound Amtrak Train #8 ("Empire Builder") past MP96 on the BNSF Hillsboro Subdivision in Grand Forks, ND, during the evening hours of 11/23/2022. I assume that the original Amtrak Siemens lead motor had an issue, thus requiring a BNSF motor to come to the rescue. Can anyone confirm? Thank you in advance! 

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Date: 11/23/22 20:42
Re: Lone BNSF "Dash9" motor leads the 17-hour-late Amtrak Train #
Author: PHall

Why do you automatically assume it's the Siemens unit if you don't have any infomation? The GE's have been failing on the road for over twenty years. They didn't all of a sudden get better when the Siemens units arrived.



Date: 11/24/22 05:22
Re: Lone BNSF "Dash9" motor leads the 17-hour-late Amtrak Train #
Author: dcfbalcoS1

               50% chance of being correct and added it being an assumption followed by "can anyone confirm" , believe he got all the bases covered since the units are all prone to crapping out.



Date: 11/24/22 11:45
Re: Lone BNSF "Dash9" motor leads the 17-hour-late Amtrak Train #
Author: swaool

We had the 314 come through here solo with Amtrak #27 on Monday (see https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?1,5579856,5579856#5579856).  The unit was very quiet; I could barely hear it.  The noise of the BNSF Dash-9 would have likely drowned it out in this scenario.

mike woodruff
spokane



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